Tedeschi Amarone della Valpolicella 2012 DOC Amarone Classico
- Rated 4.5 stars
- Valpolicella, Veneto
- Reviewed by: Treve Ring
- Published on: December 5, 2017
- Last modified: December 5, 2017
From grapes harvested in various hilly clay/limestone vineyards (Mezzane and Tregnago hills) across Valpo, this is a blend of Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Rossignola, Oceleta, Negara and Dindarella vines averaging 20 years in age. The grapes were racked and dried for 4 months before a gentle press, a 2-month ferment and a 3-year stay in Slavonian oak and a 6-month stint in bottle after blending. Leathery blackcurrant and ripe plum is imbued with a twiney thread and tarry undercurrent, which seasons the full, potent core through to a humming and lengthy finish. The heft (not negligible at 16%) is surprisingly lifted with a wispy cloud of acidity and bracketed with gritty tannins. A serious lens to modern Amarone Classico, a wine that has often become a caricature. Lay this down.